Larnaca is in southern Cyprus which is the third-largest city after Nicosia and Limassol. This city which has a population of 72 thousand inhabitants, has landmarks such as the Church of Saint Lazarus, Hala Sultan Tekke, Akuaduk Kamares, and other medieval remains. This city was built on the ancient heritage of Citium, which was the birthplace of philosopher Zeno.
There is an assumption that the word Larnaca comes from larnakes or sarcophagi which are found in the area. Archeologists say that in the area more than 3,000 graves were found, a very large number for archaeological findings.
History is the right word to describe the existence of this city. Many can be seen from the remnants of the royal city of Kition which was built in the 13th century AD. It is said that human civilization has existed since 1200 and 1000 BC. Changes in the situation and conditions in this city were present when the arrival of the Achaeans who were the first colonialists from Greece.
This region later became the object of occupation from ancient forces in the past. In the first millennium of the Assyrian empire and Egypt annexed this region to be part of its influence.
Visiting Larnaca, it has become a necessity to visit some of the landmarking places. This landmark is a legacy from the past that is still standing upright and can gain much knowledge from it. Landmarks in Larnaca include the Church of Saint Lazarus, Katakomb of the churches of Phaneromeni, Hala Sultan Tekke, Kamares Aqueduct, and Larnaca Fortress. Don’t forget to also watch the beauty of the Foinikoudes deck along Athenon Avenue which is decorated by rows of palm trees.
The existence of Larnaca as a tourism destination is well recognized by the government. So it’s not surprising that the airport in Larnaca is very good. Moreover, the airport and port are currently the foundation for the entrance and exit for the Cyprus islands. Tourism, which is a foreign exchange for the government, makes services in Cyprus good and easy. Even three-quarters of the workers in Larnaca work in the service sector including tourism.
Larnaca has a theater and art gallery managed by the local government. Carnaro Institution is one of them which is a cultural center founded by Stass Parakos Cypriot artists. This institution demonstrates various forms of arts and cultural performances. In this city, there are also several musical orchestra groups, one of which is the Municipal Wind Orchestra.
For Larnaca sports, there are a number of major sporting events, such as the Shooting Shotgun European Championships in 2012, the FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH Youth World Championship in 2012, final European Under-19 1998 Football Championship and final of the 1992 European Under-17 Football Championship.
Interesting and large festivals are not spared during the summer, as one of them is Kataklysm’s or Festival of the Flood which was held at the beginning of the summer. The festival shows various forms of local culture. At first, it was only done for a week, but its development made this festival last for 3 weeks. Of course not only is the form of art culture, but it extends to various things related to local culture.